Philippines – Covid-19 – Immigration update

Update: March 24th, 2020

Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE) suspends issuance of Alien Employment Permit (AEP)

What is the change?

The DOLE has suspended the processing, issuance, and renewal of the Alien Employment Permit (AEP) until further notice.
However, no penalty/administrative fine will be imposed on all soon to expire AEPs or permits that expired during the suspension period. Hence, said application will still be treated as renewal.
Furthermore, new AEP applications of foreign nationals whose employment contracts are effective during the suspension period or the 15 days grace period already lapsed will not be imposed with penalty.

Update: March 20th, 2020

Temporary suspension of visa issuance and visa-free privilege

What is the change?

Effective immediately until further notice, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is temporarily suspending visa issuance at all of its Foreign Service Posts.

With this temporary suspension, all visa-free privileges including those based on Visa Waiver Agreements, those under Executive Order 408, s.1960, and for holders of Hong Kong and Macau SAR passports, Macau-Portuguese passports, and British National Overseas passports, will be temporarily suspended with effect from 22 March.

Foreign spouses and children of Filipino nationals are exempted from this temporary suspension.

The temporary suspension of visa issuance will deem all previously issued visas cancelled, and foreigners with visas issued by Philippine Foreign Service Posts (primarily 9a Temporary Visitor/Tourist visas) will not be allowed entry into the country starting 22 March.

However, visas previously issued to accredited Foreign Government and International Organisation officials and their dependents will remain valid and will be honoured when they enter the country even after said date. The same is true for visas previously issued to foreign spouses and children of Filipino nationals.

This temporary suspension has no impact on foreign nationals that are already in the country or on holders of visas issued by other government agencies.

Advisory to the public

What is the change?

The following transactions at the Bureau of Immigration (BI) offices in Luzon, including NCR, will be temporarily suspended except for outbound passengers intending to depart the Philippines from any of the international airports in Luzon during the period of the Enhanced Community Quarantine effective 17 March 2020 until 12 a.m. on 13 April 2020:

  1. Filing of applications for extension of/conversion to non-immigrant/immigrant visa including hearing/interview
  2. Filing of applications regarding Filipino citizenship including RA 9225 including hearing/interview
  3. Filing for downgrading of visa status
  4. Filing for extension of tourist visa
  5. Filing of application for special work permits/provisional work permits
  6. Filing for the renewal of ACR I-Cards; and
  7. Implementation of BOC approved visa applications for extension of/conversion to non-immigrant/immigrant visas.

All aliens whose visas will expire during the duration of the Enhanced Community Quarantine shall be allowed to file their applications for extension provided they file their applications within 30 days from the lifting of the Enhanced Community Quarantine.

BI shall maintain its skeletal workforce to cater to outbound passengers intending to depart the Philippines during the Enhanced Community Quarantine period. Outbound passengers will be required to present their outbound tickets prior to entry at BI offices.

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